Periodical: A periodical is any source that is published at regular intervals, such as daily, weekly, monthly, etc. Journals and magazines, which are considered periodicals, are important sources for up-to-date information in all disciplines.
Scholarly: of or characteristic of a scholar; learned; having or showing much knowledge, accuracy, and critical ability; devoted to learning; studious.
Popular: appealing to or intended for the general public; liked by very many or most people.
Specialized: to follow a special or limited line of endeavor; concentrate on only one part or branch of a subject, profession, etc.
As you read through the following criteria for journals and magazines, realize that none of the lines drawn between types of journals and magazines can ever be totally clear cut. These criteria may be applied to the online version of print periodicals, web-based electronic periodicals as well as the traditional print magazines and journals.
|Examples of Popular Magazines||Examples of Specialized Journals|
|JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association
The Modern Language Journal
Journal of Wildlife Diseases
Journal of Educational Research
Journal of Humanistic Psychology